By Dennis Throndset
The Munich-Starkweather Magic Storm boys basketball team had a great start to their 2009-10 season as they went 3-0 in the first two weeks of play. In their opener on December 12, they began by throttling the Sawyer Flashes, 80-38. Sawyer dissolved a co-op situation and was going it alone that season. Leading the way for the Storm were four in double figures: Brandon Hoffman 16, Ben Tohm 14, Travis Beck and Blake Klein 10 each. On December 18 they began District 8 play against Minnewaukan-Leeds. The Magic Storm had a great first quarter and a lead of 17-9. The scoring leader for M-S was Ben Tohm as he tossed in 16 points, seven rebounds, and four assists – all highs for the team. In the final game prior to the Christmas break, the Harvey Hornets traveled to Starkweather to play the Storm. M-S won the game, 52-40. It was a close game until the final quarter when the Storm outscored the Hornets 19-9 for the win. Travis Beck led a trio of players in double figures with 16 points. He was aided by Brandon Hoffman with 15 and Ben Tohm with 12. Blake Klein collected 14 boards in the game.
The Langdon Cardinals dropped their first game of the year to Grafton, 64-45, after winning their first two contests. The Cards had a big third quarter when they outscored the Spoilers 16-4, but Grafton hit some big shots in the final quarter to hold on and win. The leading scorer for the Cards was Jon Dinius with 15 points. Justin Anderson was right behind Dinius with 14 tallies.
The Lady Cards were at a big size disadvantage when they played the Valley-Edinburg Titans, but they held on to win, 45-41. The Titans shot 94% from the line to stay within reach the entire game. Langdon was led by Breanna Mack and McKenzie Hart with 12 each. Merc Stein had 10. On December 19, the Cardinals hosted the Grafton Spoilers and found that depth and quickness were the differences in the game. The first half was close, but the Spoilers outscored the Cards 14-3 in the third quarter to break open the game. McKenzie Hart was the only Langdon player to reach double figures. She had 12. The Lady Cardinals dropped their second contest in a row when they faced the Bottineau Stars in Bottineau, 43-37. The Cards led 30-25 going into the final quarter, but the Stars outscored the visitors 18-7 in the final frame for the win. McKenzie Hart and Julie Dinius, two sophomores, led the team with 16 and 12, respectively. The Cardinals wound up the pre-Christmas action with a 4-3 record. They were idle until after January 1.
The Starkweather-Munich Magic Storm found Harvey too much to handle as they lost to the Hornets, 87-45. Maggie Lorenz, the 6’2″ center for Harvey, scored 16 of her 41 points in the first quarter to stymie the Storm. For Munich, Carlie Werner had 12 and Elise Dick 9, despite foul trouble.
The Langdon Junior Gold Blades team got off to a tough start in the pre-holiday schedule. Their record was 0-6. They hope to turn things around following the Christmas break when they play on January 2.
The 4-2 Blades Pee Wee hockey team has found some good fortune in the early games of the year. They have defeated the Grand Forks Mustangs, Grafton, Devils Lake, and the Grand Forks Jets. They have lost to May-Port and the Grand Forks Thunder. They are in first place in the league at this time. The Pee Wee team is coached by Kevin Waslaski.
The Blades Mites hockey team is coached by Steve Andresen. They won one out of three games in the Dakota Spirit tournament. They tied Cando and defeated Rugby.
The Langdon Blades Babes took part in the Jamestown Jamboree in mid-December. They played Williston in their first game and lost 3-1. Shanna Hooge scored the only goal for the Babes. The Babes played Watford City and dropped that one, 6-2. Scoring the goals was Sierra Karboviak who tallied both netters. In their final two games at Jamestown, they lost to Sydney and Crosby, both shutouts.
On December 28, the S-M Magic Storm played Four Winds and lost, 59-49. Keely Heppner and Cassis Logie were in double figures 13 and 12, respectively. On January 5, the two Cavalier County teams faced each other. The Magic Storm had their only lead at 2-0 on a basket by Caitlyn McArthur. From that point on, the Cardinals dominated the game; leading 16-6 after one period. The Storm just committed too many turnovers to stay with the Cards. The Cards were led in scoring by McKenzie Hart with 22, Shannon Overby with 19, Brenna Downs with 18, and Breanna Mack with 13. Starkweather-Munich was led in scoring by Katrina Hall with 10.
The boys teams from Langdon and Munich-Starkweather faced each other early in January as well. This time the tables were turned as the Magic Storm defeated the Cards, 61-42. After a close first quarter, the Storm gradually pulled away from the Cards. Leading the scoring parade for the Magic Storm was Travis Beck with 17 points. He was aided by Brandon Hoffman with 15 and Ben Tohm with 12. Langdon’s leading scorer was Jon Dinius with 13. Karson Fisk added 11.
Following the loss to Munich-Starkweather, the Langdon boys had two wins over North Border and Valley-Edinburg. They downed North Border, 50-36, on January 7. The Valley-Edinburg game was on January 9, and the score favored Langdon, 72-45. Langdon had four players in double figures – Jon Dinius 20, Karson Fisk 18, Justin Anderson 16, and Keaton Mikkelsen 12. The game was tight in the first quarter at 15-13, but the Cards pulled away in the second half.
Playing at the Roxy Theatre in Langdon was “Alvin and the Chipmunks 2”, starring the voices of Justin Long, Jesse McCartney, Matthew Gray, and Jason Lee.
The top pop song in the United States was “Tik Tok” by Kesha. On the country side, the top tune was “Consider Me Gone” by Reba McEntire.